Charles Osborn Spang, 88, insurance agency owner

December 02, 2005

Charles "Chick" Osborn Spang, a retired insurance agency owner and World War II veteran, died Saturday at Harford Memorial Hospital of complications from a fall he suffered this week at his Aberdeen home. He was 88.

Born in Aberdeen, he was a 1934 graduate of Aberdeen High School and attended what was then Western Maryland College. He received an accounting diploma from the Eaton and Burnett Business College in Baltimore.

During World War II, Mr. Spang served in the U.S. Army with the Eighth Infantry Division and was in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He left the active service as a captain and attained the rank of major while in the Reserves.

Mr. Spang entered the insurance business in 1938, owning and operating Famous and Spang Associates. He also had an ownership in Dell's Pharmacy on Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen, which he sold several years ago.

He joined the board of the First National Bank of Aberdeen in 1956 and remained on its advisory board after its merger with the Equitable Trust Company and its merger with the old Maryland National Bank.

He sat on the Agents' Advisory Council of the Traveler's Insurance Co. for four years.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 187 for more than 60 years and held memberships in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose Lodge and Aberdeen Lion's Club. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

He was a past president and board member of the Aberdeen Fire Department.

Mr. Spang had been an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen since 1928, where services were held Tuesday.

Mr. Spang is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Gertrude Holloway; a son, Charles O. Spang Jr. of Aberdeen; a daughter, Ann S. Bennett of Churchville; and two grandchildren.

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